Warren County Sheriff’s Department is requesting new bullet-proof vests at a cost of $42,294.
The county’s Financial Management Committee has given approval for the purchase of 53 ballistic vests at $798 each. Warren County Commission approval is also required.
“We prefer Galls out of Lexington,” said Major Jason Walker. “They do have a representative in Tennessee that we’ve spoken to on numerous occasions. We have his cellphone. He’s always available when we call. We actually order a lot of our other equipment thru Galls, and that’s why we would prefer to go with them.”
Walker says every employee will be instructed to wear one, so the administration wants lightweight vests.
“Some vests are heavier than others,” said Walker. “We want everyone to wear them, so we want them to be light. The alpha black is the lightest they have on the market.”
“Jason, on these vests, is there a lifespan?” asked Commissioner Tommy Savage.
Walker replied, “It’s five years.”
“Ours are out of date right now,” said County Executive Jimmy Haley. “We couldn’t afford the lawsuit, if something were to happen.”
Funds for the purchase were placed in the 2018-19 fiscal year budget of the Warren County Sheriff’s Department. Galls’ bid of $42,294 came under the $50,000 spending limit.